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when i turn on my pint-sized computer, i will always remember the good old days. "cnn newsroom" continues with brooke baldwin. >> i totally want one of those old typewriters to put on the bookshelf. antique these days, randi kay. i'm brooke wabaldwin and les begin with the wild ride in parts of the south. it is about to begin, and we are talking about tornados in what is shaping up to be the busiest april ever for twisters. april 2011 all be in the recordbooks and four days left. this is south of dallas yesterday. obviously, a tornado, but let me take you to these pictures. this is central arkansas. at least eight people are dead, four alone in the town of velonia, and a witness said it looked like trees spinning around in a blender. imagine. eight dead in arkansas. governor mike beebe is warning that another round is coming today. another round today, and
probably another round tomorrow farther east they are predicting. take a look at this here. you see in focusing in on the pink in the sen te of the radar here and this is unusual strong warning from the national weather service. this is a area in pink, and this severe weather threat was rarely issued and the last time we saw it was a vicious tornado outbreak in virginia and south carolina. i hearing that it is going to be worse in the next couple of hours, chad myers? >> in the next couple of hours and overnight as well. in the night, it is the most dangerous, and the tornadoes are the most deadly. and the pink area, how rare to get two in ten days is like losing the lottery. the one over here, the one we had the tornadoes in raleigh was a couple of weekends ago or a weekend ago, but it is called a high risk. we have slight risk, which goes all of the way up to new york.
there is severe weather in new york, pennsylvania, west virginia, virginia, all of the way back to texas and even oklahoma. that is where tornadoes can occur to day. now, there's another area back out here called moderate and not slight, but moderate. these are levels. one, two, and three. we are in three today all of the way from dallas to memphis and rarely happens, maybe three our four times a year we will get this. so that is telling you how significant the weather will be today. it is all setting up, and it is like making chicken soup with the best ingredients and made the best chicken soup ever, but if you didn't have chicken, it would be vegetable soup, but irregardless, all of the ingredients are here for widespread damage and we have the first watches. three watches just replaced with a fourth watch up here in michigan. these are severe thunderstorm watches which are severe weather with wind and hail in pennsylvania. this is a tornado watch all of the way almost to the u.p. of michigan and another one that is
probably the most significant box on the map right here, a significant tornado potential right here from dallas all of the way into central arkansas. all of this entire area. i can box up this entire area yellow or red. yellow being severe with wind and hail, and red is tornados all night long. this entire area is called boxed up. every county through that right there will have some type of severe weather to night. >> chad, i want to go back to arkansas and we heard the arkansas governor beebe talking about one of the issues that is compounding the issue is that the ground is saturated. so it is not when the wind whips by some of the trees and we have seen the video where the trees topple on someone's home, they are not splintered, but they are ripped out of the ground and fall. >> we found this three weeks ago in georgia when the ground was saturated and we had a big time wind event. eight people died and not one tornado touched down in georgia. people were crushed by trees as they fell on them in bed at night. you need a noaa weather radio
today and something we will work on today is called imap. i will make it out for you and this is -- let me grab a color so you can see the outline of texas. there is louisiana. and then up toward memphis and arkansas and so on and so on. every guy that is flashing is a weather spotter with video streaming on the computer right now. dave, go ahead and pick one. there is no severe weather to show you, but we will see men and women out here today clicked on here and stream live tornadoes on us here today. that is michael rat clicliff, af he streams onb that one, it will take a couple of seconds to load, but if there is a tornado enon the ground, we will see it from the storm spotters here. >> is that chaser tv.com. >> yes, you can sign up for all of them, and they will love it for being mentioned. >> thank you, chad myers. we want to talk more about what is happening in the ground on arkansas. the second round of storms is
expected to hit arkansas in the next couple of hours and a second round of storms potentially worse than what ravaged arkansas yesterday. joining me on the phone is steven hawk with the faulkner county of emergency management, and sir, last on cnn, we heard four dead in faulkner county, and is that number still holding? >> yes, that is absolutely still holding. the office of emergency management, and the emergency personnel and law enforcement have canvassed the area, and they have looked into all of the homes that were destroyed by the storm, damaged by the storm, affected by the storm. there are no other injured or deceased people, civilian -- >> what about people, steven, missing or unaccounted for? >> actually, at this point i just talked to the fire chief, and everyone is accounted for
now. >> thank goodness. thank goodness. >> absolutely. now, unfochb gnrtunately, that includes the four deceased, but, you know, thankfully within all of this, what we can see is an effective forewarning system that allowed for people to seek shelter and to avoid being injured, avoid being killed by this significant storm that came through. and it is evident by the lack of injuries and -- >> hopefully, steven, if you are still with me, if you are still with me -- and obviously not still with me, but steven hawk with the faulkner county. sir, are you still there? no, we lost him. okay. we will move on. steven hawk, thank you so much. we want to take you further midwest where widespread flooding could break records
specifically in kentucky and missouri. this is southeastern missouri, and look at the water. the black river is rising. levees are failing. we are told that several have cracked and breached. hundreds of people right now being evacuated as more storms are threatening the region. water is rushing into rural parts of the county. in poplar bluff, that area got six inches just last night. coming up, i will be speaking live with the missouri governor who is definitely calling on the national guard for help. also, this just into us here at cnn. katie couric is leaving the "cbs evening news" and she made it official today in a "people" magazine statement. she said she is proud of the team. she said, quote, in making the decision to move on i know that the evening news is in great hands, but i am excited about the future. many, many people out there are talking about this one and her future may include a possible syndicated talk show.
she became the first female anchor of a newscast in 1986. we have howard kurtz on the phone and chief spbt fcorrespon for the daily beast. howie. >> yes, it is the worst kept secret ever. she was wistful of moving on and proud of the five years at the "cbs evening news, a" and those us who keep score say she was in third place and got awards and had the famous interview with sarah palin, but she was not helping in the area where it counts the most in the box office. >> and she was the first female anchor of newscasts, and what kind of impact do you think she has made in terms of the future for female journalists?
>> well, such an impact that it was unremarkable and not terribly news worthy when diane sawyer became the second solo news anchor at abc and at that time it was we were used to it. but it was a bless for her, and some agenda by cbs about her debut and she would revolutionize the evening newscast that it set expectations impossibly high, and she changed things on the newscast too quickly on the beginning and alienated traditional viewers, but what it comes down to based on my conversations with katie couric, she is a fun, free-wheeling reporter and thrived on morning television and to have her sitting at a desk in front of a prompter for 22 minutes of news reading is not the best of her talents and she concluded it is not the best fit. so she will do some syndicated or daytime show to allow her to show more parts of her personality and interview a wider range of people, and
probably will do pretty well. >> okay. howie kurtz, you say the worst kept secret, and what about the next secret, who will fill the shoes? who is the next evening anchor, and we are all sort of big "60 minutes" fans and the name steve kroft floated, so what are you hearing? scott pelley. excuse me. >> it is scott pelley, even though steve kroft is a great newsman. >> well, scott pelley in the dan rather mode. he is not flashy, but having tried somebody who was a celebrity in addition to being a fine journalist in katie couric, cbs ready to go with someone who is a more button down journalist, and probably make less than katie couric did, and probably announced next week. >> and how much? >> $34 million. >> well, a slight smidge less than yours, howie. >> yes. >> and now, americans are told
to get out of syria now before the situation is worse. we will be told what the government is doing to the peaceful demonstrators. also, have you seen the video? the guy in the middle of the interstate. well, he was on a motorcycle, and thankfully, he survive and he is going to join me live to talk me through it. yeah but now i have nothing to eat sure you do. hey! you can have the pop tart! pillsbury toaster strudel. the one kids want to eat [ female announcer ] if you've begun the search for answers about your health care coverage, you've probably discovered options at every turn. who can you trust for the right information... the right kind of help? well, the answer is out there. you just have to know where to look. introducing aarphealth.com. a new website with the tools and resources to help you make the right decisions about your health care coverage. created with your needs in mind,
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the is itchation is more dangerous. a human rights group tells us over 400 people have been killed over the last couple of weeks. even as the government is cracking down on the pro democracy supporters. witnesses say that security forces have been firing randomly at protesters in the recent days, and the syria government will not let cnn into syria so we cannot confirm any of the independent accounts or verify the numbers or this video from youtube. the united nations are discussing this situation in syria, and we are likely to get a statement later on. and i want to bring in arwa damon who is covering the situation in syria. ar arwa, in reading some of the statements of citizens on the streets, they are talking about it as prison. i want to talk about the checkpoints set up by security forces around some of these towns. >> well, brooke, the way witnesses describe it is that this is basically, these are
basically areas under siege. this is the syrian government deploying its own military against its own people against the harshest way possible, and that is what the eyewitnesses are telling us. the military is moving into the southern part of the country, and daraa monday, and we could hear conversations of gunfire still in the backfire saying he had a list of 21 individuals who had been killed in this crackdown, but he said, he did not know when those funerals would be taking place, because he said that syrian security forces have taken over at the cemetery. he was also telling us that the wounded were not able to be treated at the hospitals. they had to be treated at secret understand disclosed locations, again, because tseenian troops have occupied that area, and people are concerned about being involved in all of this and perhaps the syrian security forces would detain them or perhaps worse.
the damascus suburb of duma, we heard about an ongoing crackdown there with one eyewitness describing checkpoints set up behind sandbags and describing syrian security forces using heavy machine guns. it is incredibly difficult for us to try to reach anyone there today and that is of great concern as well. all of this is happening while the international community is watching while these statements of condemnation are coming out, and yet, you can see the military crackdown continues, brooke. >> yes, if the u.n. officially condemns the violence later today, a, arwa, would that make any difference? and b, when you talk to the analysts they say that the international community can help, but they can only do so much and really up to the syrians to determine syria's future. >> you know, it is a very tricky situation, because syria is such a sensitive country. it doesn't have its own natural resources. it is not a very wealthy
country, but it still has the ability to impact what is happening in the entire region. especially when it comes to the strategic alliance with iran. that is very critical when it comes to for example how the u.s. and the international committee are in fact approaching the syria situation and analysts say they will be much more delicate and sensitive about it, because the concern of it if they do isolate syria even more, that is going to further solidify the strategic alliance that it has with iran. but many analysts are saying that even if more sanctions are being put into place, even if there is stricter action being taken against the syrian regime, that is not necessarily going to be enough to try to stop the syrian authorities from continuing to use this kind of force against the demonstrators, and that is why this is such a tricky situation. on the one hand, we have a regime that is refusing to leave power, that is deploying its military saying it is taking the
deployments and undertaking the deployments because they claim they are going after armed groups, terrorists who have infiltrated, the demonstrators, and we have the demonstrators crying out for help saying that they are being massacred and a international community at this point has their hands tied. >> right. president al assad says these are the bad guys. tha thank you, ar wa damon for your insight. and the person who is behind the colorado mall bombing is behind bars. and anger is back and this time not about health care, but we will tell you what has some people so fired up this time. building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call to the most advanced data download,
town hall meetings -- remember those? getting pretty rough for some republicans. blowback coming over the 2012 budget, and you know the ryan plan. take a quick listen of congressman paul ryan being booed by some of his constituents. >> and you know the -- >> yikes! so, yep, they are talking about taxes and a lot of the folks there want the rich to pay more taxes, but the lightning rod in that particular ryan plan appears to be medicare reform. here are two more town hall meetings and both of which were from last week and first you will hear from pennsylvania
republican patrick meehan. >> i want you to explain to folks who don't have the medicare i have. >> well, i did not vote to abolish medicare plan -- >> well, that is what this vote is. >> nothing in the campaign about i'm going to change medicare. now you are voted for a plan that will destroy medicare. >> well, i won't destroy medicare, medicare is going to be destroyed by itself. >> i have a great way for you to pay for it. i have a great way. >> sit down! >> it isdown! >> look at her, arms up, angry voters in some of the town hall meetings. sound familiar? jessica yellin, national political reporter, what is going on there, jess? >> well, republicans are, house republicans at least are caught between the tea party and a hard place. house republicans voted to support the ryan, paul ryan's budget, and take on medicare, and that is something that is sacred to a lot of voters and a lot of the politicians are
fearful about doing it, so it is not really a surprise that they are getting an earful from voters, but what is surprising maybe is that they were so quick to embrace it to begin with because of the tea party moment momentum. i mean, it is something that many of the politicians are afraid of, and democrats not surprisingly, brooke, were quick with the ads like this one with the aligned group americans united for change. listen to this. >> paul ryan looks like a nice young man, but on april 15th, he voted to end medicare and its guaranteed health care benefits. instead, he banlts seniors to get coverage from private insurance companies. under ryan's plan, seniors cost will go up over $6,000. ryan wants to use that money to give millionaires a $200 million tax break and ending medicare so millions can get another tax break? really! call congressman ryan and ask, what were you thinking? >> sounds like a nice little old granny just so worried and wringing her hands, right?
so the democrats plan to keep up the pressure like that, and the republicans have to push back. >> we all remember what was it, summer of 2009, when you go back to some of the other town hall meetings and democrats were attacked over health care reform, anld some of those got very, very ugly, so jess, here are some of them, and do the republicans see the potential for something like this at the time aimed at them over medicare reform? >> well, clearly, we are not at the decibel level of the town halls, because look at the difference of the body language and the republicans are out with their own ads and messaging campaigns saying, look, as one of the members said in the sound bite earlier, by voting to fix medicare and medicaid now, they are preserving them for the long haul. the danger is for their reaction to vote on this is coming so quickly after the vote. health care town halls happened after months of debate and ads explaining and the build-up so, this is a quick reaction to the
ryan budget. that means that both sides have some time to try to spin it and send out messaging campaigns to change public opinion. >> but we know that there are a lot of democrats out there who are angry about the gop plan and it looks like some of the older voters who are per teturbed as well, but if you look at the nation as a whole, how is the country reacting to this? >> well, it is a majority opposition to some of the changes. 78% of americans in cnn's latest polling oppose cutting spending on medicare to reduce the national debt. 69% oppose cutting spending on medicaid to reduce the national debt. so playing with either of those programs is politically dangerous. >> jessica yellin, thank you very much. let's look at the video and you know i love astronauts, so let's watch it together. the space shuttle "endeavour" astronauts arrived at kennedy space center to get ready for
bomb in littleton on the 12th anniversary of the columbine high school shootings. but they have not found any connection between the two incidents. showing up to work in style. look at this. the crew of the shuttle "endeavour" arrived at kennedy space center today. they are on the final mission on friday. behind the final controls is the man who will lead the shuttle navy captain mark kelly and he spoke about how happy he is that his wife will be there in florida to see him off. >> i'm personally looking forward to my wife, congresswoman gabrielle giffords, getting here pretty soon to be here in time for our launch on friday. it is something she's been looking forward to for a long time. she's been working really hard to make sure that her doctors would permit her to come, and she's, you know, more than medically ready to be here, and
she is excited about making this trip. >> we told you yesterday that her doctors have permitted her to come. she will be traveling to the launch in florida and again, just a reminder that we will be watching that liftoff, "endeavour" launch set this friday for 3:47 eastern time, and we will take it live. and also, just in here to cnn, a southwest flight has slid off of the runway at chicago midway and here are live pictures coming in from chicago. apparently the plane took off from denver and we are told it slid into presumably that grassy area, and passengers are right now getting off of the plane. still, the question is why this happened, but no word about any injuries. have you heard? it has happened again, another air traffic controller fired after, you guessed it, allegedly sleeping on the job. this guy worked at seattle's boeing field, and the faa says he had dosed off in january and again in april. last week, two other controllers were fired for sleeping on the
job. one in miami, and the other in knoxville. five similar events at airports nationwide have been revealed since march. okay. so, air traffic controllers, getting a bad rap over the last couple of weeks, but there are some very capable skilled ones out there, and as cnn marty savidge reports in depth today, there are plenty of men and women ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work. >> reporter: a plane in trouble. >> mayday, mayday. cactus 289 with engine two flame out. >> reporter: it is a 757. >> catch, 289. roger. >> requesting landing anywhere we can. >> reporter: with close to 200 people on board. okay. so here is the deal. grant peladino is the one who is handling this emergency, and what he has done is to redirect the aircraft to where? >> san fran. >> and you might be wondering why i am pestering a air traffic
controller in the middle of a crisis? well, that answer is easy, none of this is real. welcome to emory riddle aeronautic university. these students' grade depends on what is thrown at them. >> we want it to be as real as possible. we want the students to be as prepared as possible when they get to the field. >> reporter: for these graduates it has taken four years working in the classrooms and the state-of-the-art simulators and not the mention the $120,000 tuition to get this far. miranda has learned all of the aspects of the job, and so what about the stress? >> it is the first thing that everybody says. it is like, well, yes, but what job isn't stressful? >> reporter: like a number of students, sthis student wanted o
fly, but then decided he wanted to control them. >> reporter: have you made mistakes? >> definitely. >> reporter: do you learn from them? >> yes, because i realize that i would lose my job and if anybody was hurt i would be responsible. >> reporter: i asked miranda, if all of the scrutiny made her uneasy about her career choice? >> no, i'm confident. i am happy about my decision to go into this field. >> reporter: one day likely to guide your flight. the class of 2011 sounding very positive about their future and very much in control. >> there he is, marty savage at daytona beach, florida, standing outside of one of the classrooms. you mentioned it in the piece, but in talking to the men and women about the reports and you talked to a lot of people and air traffic controllers have been falling asleep at the job for decades and what are they saying about all of this? >> well, let me show you something real quick and i will
answer that, brooke. we are at the air traffic controller tower imsimulator an final exams and they are just finishing up an exam here, and you can see daytona tower and how it would look by computer sim julationulatio simulations, and on this side, they get to play the pilots and make it real. this is stories ripped from the headlines and talked about it. here is the takeaway, there are 15,000 air traffic controllers in the system, and less than a handful who have had serious problems in any shape or form, so what they are saying is that it does not diminish the overall quality of the industry, and you will find them in any area of the job, but here is how they differ from the faa transportation board or the federal government is the rest periods. they believe what the faa says it does not believe in that
there should be rest periods. those who work late night hours like long-haul pilots, when they work, another crew sleeps and wise to have some controllers on the job and some resting so that everybody stays sharp. >> marty savage, i didn't have to write it for you, and that is a perfect segue into my next story. so to marty's point, if the doctors or pilots have mandatory sleep time should air traffic controllers have the same rules? here is someone who debated on this on capitol hill, and he had strong words for the faa and says he knows who is to blame. he is charles sizeler joining me live.
about controllers dozing off on duty. these reports have garnered a lot of media attention, but this is not a new problem. in fact, the faa has known about it for at least 30 years now. but it is not until recently they have realized that something has to change. and no one knows more than my next guest charles sizeler who is not only a sleep expert, but he testified on the hill in 1983 about this very issue, and his advice fell on deaf ears, and charles, thank you for coming on. you know, i read your article and i encourage anyone else to do it on cnn.com//opinion where you are blaming all of this on the rattler's schedules that the faa uses for the air traffic controllers and you are calling for the faa to outright ban these schedules and for those of us who have no idea what rattler schedules are, what is it and why is it a bad idea? >> well, it is called a rattler, because it comes back to bite you. they work two evening shifts from 3:00 to 11:00 and when they are get used to staying up,
suddenly they are switched to a 6:00 a.m. shift to go to 2:00 p.m., and then when they finish in the afternoon they have to come back in the same day at 10:00 in the evening. so it is inhue mamane schedule. so it is no doubt a this the controllers feel they are feeling sleepy at work and 70% of them doze off unintentionally when they are at work. >> we will get to the stats, because they are startling. here is some of them the air traffic controller fatigue, and 95% say they are regularly tired or sleepy and 77% take naps at work. but why is this rattle schedules exist, because it is nice to have a four-day work week? >> well, i mean, that is one way of looking at it that you are trying to come pres all of the work into four days so that you can have a three-day weekend, but they are so wiped out by the
end of the midnight shift that 4 of 5 of them have lapses of attention when they are driving home from work and 1 of 3 actually fall asleep at the wheel while they are driving home from the work and that is quite a way to start a three-daybreak. >> and the faa recognizes this and offering solutions, we have the transportation secretary ray lahood who is pledging reform and recently the faa announcing new guidelines for the air traffic controllers and here are a couple of them, and most notably adding this extra hour off between the shifts so that adds an hour in the break so that my question is in conjunction with the rattle schedules is if you add that extra hour, does that mean that they won't be able to pull a double? that i this will have to work five days? >> it's like a drop of water in an ocean of sleep deprivation. it is not going to do anything. but even the faa administrator
said it is an inadequate first step. they need to implement a fatigue -- >> i'm just trying to wrap my head around it and then talk about being a sleep expert, but by adding that extra hour in the break, does this negate the rattler schedules and the double-shifts? >> it does not. and the reason is because first of all the time off that they have to start at 6:00 in the morning that day. most of them have not gotten an adequate amount of sleep the previous night. then they come home in the middle of the afternoon and they can take a nap, and typically two to three hours of sleep, and then we have a clock in the brain that makes it difficult for us to sleep late in the evening. so you add an extra hour in there and they won't get any more sleep which is the critical thing they need before staying awake all night. >> well, being a sleep expert, what is the solution? how do these men and women get rest to come to work refreshed ideally and be able to perform their job? >> ideally, they would stay on the same shift for several weeks at a time.
they would work for or at the maximum four or five days consecutively, and rotate in a direction of rotation where they go from day shift to evening shift. then they get used to working the evening shift for a couple of weeks and then they rotate on to the night shift. that way, they don't make this, they don't go cold turkey from working at 6:00 in the morning to suddenly having to start at 10:00 p.m. and work all night. >> interesting solution and many of us working in tv have worked every shift and many people out there, and doctors and folks driving trucks, it is tough. it is tough no doubt. charles, thank you. i do want to remind everyone that folks, you can read his column go to cnn.com/opinion. >> when we come back here, look at the video and watch for the mote psyche on the left-hand side of the screen moving along and i want to talk to the man riding it. he is hit by a car an thrown from the bike and thrown in the middle of the highway and he will join me live.
you are about to watch what must have been the longest 12 seconds of zachary perez' life. check this out. he was on his way home from work when he was hit from behind. you see him there. hit from behind and crushed between two of the cars, and we will re-rack it and you can see it again. thrown off of the motorcycle on this dallas toll way. it is stunning video. watch it again. hit by that car in the middle of the roadway, and amazingly he survived to tell his tale. zachary perez is joining me live from dallas. zachary, someone passed this video on to me, one of the guys in the dallas bureau and it is stunning. when you look at the video, sir, how do you feel when you look back at that moment? >> i'm just thankful that i'm alive and actually able to walk.
i mean, that's the main thing i get from it. i mean, i'm glad that people were actually, other people were actually paying attention on the road and able to swerve and you know, break and other people behind me as well, and i'm glad i had my helmet and that i had all of the gear i did have on. i had my backpack which i am sure took some of to impact from the back. so i'm really -- >> take me back, the car in front of you was starting to break and the car behind you did not. i know you were conscious the whole time, and what are you remembering? >> i remember everything. i was we hind the silver taurus at one point and saw braking. there was no traffic in front of them and they had hand gestures and what not and seemed like they were dancing in the car and i'm not exactly sure and ended up passing them, and then the people in front of me started to
slow down, so i started to slow down and the next thing i heard was a loud crash. i remember landing on the ground and trying to get back, and get myself back to the left lane, and you know, trying to get up and some of the witnesses eventually got out of their cars and told me to stay down and that the paramedics were on the way. >> and you clearly remember the moment that you were lying in the middle of the interstate and cars whizzing by, and what were you thinking in that moment? >> i just couldn't believe it had actually happened to me. >> so you were fully aware? >> i was always cautious on the road and whatnot, so it was a big shock. you don't think it is going to happen to you until it hits. >> well, thank goodness you had the helmet on, and you believe that saved your life, but i also saw a great quote from you earlier, and you say you are a veteran and you say, i survived iraq and almost died on the dallas north toll way. did your military training, did that at all help you? in these moments after you were hit? >> you know, i mean it may have,
and maybe just like instinct just to try to get out of the way real quick that may have been. but, yeah, it is really, that is pretty much all i can pull from that. there is really -- you can't be trained for that kind of thing, that kind of stuff. >> i know you a couple of injuries and obviously for the most part, you are okay. final question, and it is up to your fiance, you will not be hopping back on the bike any time soon, right? >> that is right. definitely not. hopefully, hopefully, we kind of learned something from all of this to be aware of the motorcycles is what i am trying to get foint out. and i mean, i don't know, maybe, maybe some laws will change and something will happen, because this guy had no license, no insurance, and he got away with pretty much three tickets, and you know, his car was totaled. >> mr. perez, i am happy to be talking to you and that is an understatement. be well. >> thank you, ma'am. >> take a look at this. do you see all of the trailers?
katherine and it takes a village of journalists to bring you the event trending this big. we go on a tour. >> reporter: this is the nerve center for what is one of cnn's biggest broadcasts in years. there are a couple of hundred people, and let's talk to the man who has made it all happen. jeff, talk me through exactly how this is going to happen? >> we have done major funerals in the united states and the pope's funeral, and this is right up there. >> reporter: you have covered big events before, and how big of a deal is this? >> well, huge. the size of the media village is massive, so this is as big as it gets. >> reporter: so more than 7,000 accredited journalists and some 40 broadcasters and another ten rooms like this across the media village for what is a media extravaganza and let's go to see who else i can find. you will recognize this face. cat deeley, of course. what are you looking forward to? >> i can't wait for the actual
day, because there is so much build-up now, and we have come here and the first time to come here and the tents and everybody is kind of fevering away and the rest of it, and the actual day, i am looking forward to it. i want ato. i'm looking ford ward to the ki. i want a full on smacker on the lips. >> reporter: this is three stories, 22 studios and it's from here that you will see the coverage of the royal wedding. let me show you around. take a look in here. this is one of two studios that cnn has got set up. what do you think of the setup? >> it's so stunning and the british flag has been hung everywhere. it's all over the city. you can tell that there's royal fever all around. >> reporter: so what does the media village look like for those who live there at buckingham palace? well, follow me around and that
is the outside of it. i'm told, though i can't confirm, that these structures were going to be white but the queen decided that it should be green to go with the trees. becky anderson, cnn, london. >> becky, thank you. in the next hour, we'll take you live to london where someone ran into prince harry and apparently he's nervous. let's find out why. and then on friday, the royal wedding experience. watch it, participate. join anderson cooper, piers morgan, richard quest, pat daily as they bring you every unforgettable moment. live from london starting at 4:00 a.m. eastern time. and gas shortages are being reported in libya. what our reporters on the ground are seeing next. ♪ [ male announcer ] in 2011, at&t is at work, building up our wireless network all across america.
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it shows rebels under siege. although we cannot authenticate it. now, all of this shelling came after rebel fighters chased troops to the center of the city. one doctor said that civilians were fired on. in the meantime, sanctions on gasoline? a huge impact on people who live there. fred pleitgen reports massive lines, evidenced here. massive lines at the pumps. the current waiting time to fill up a tank in tripoli, three days. >> a republican member of the last republican governor of hawaii, do you have any doubt that barack obama was born in the united states? >> absolutely not. i have no doubt. >> that woman, who has no doubt, actually has seen the original copy of president obama's birth certificate. our own gary tuckman went
what do you have? >> brooke, thank very much. let's talk presidential politics. mitt romney, one of the presidential candidates, is really going after president obama, saying president obama, his down fall, he says, will be the unemployment numbers that are out there. the president says he's about winning the future. while people are losing the present. he goes further and says that there is obama misery index and that's why he thinks the republicans may capture the white house next year. the republican national committee chairman is saying this whole birther issue is a distraction. he thinks it is hurting the republicans. donald trump, he says, and the candidates can talk about it all they want. but my position is that the approximate president was born in the united states. he says his main concern is winning the election and i think what moves voters is the issues
involving jobs, the deficit, and spending, among other things. meanwhile, jan brewer, arizona governor, in defending her position not to sign into state law this notion that you have to prove that you were born in the united states, she's also suggesting that it's a huge distraction. it's just something that is leading our country down a path of destruction and is not serving any good purpose, she told our own john king. so it's obviously a hot political issue. the republicans gearing up for their primary contest. it's going to be exciting, brooke, as you know. >> of course, of course. wolf, thank you so much. another political update in half an hour. now hour two. watch this. we are very close to a record-breaking month for tornadoes and forecasters just made a rare decision about some of the threats we're experiencing right now.
i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. the u.s. warns americans to get out of syria now. and the world gets ready to chime in. >> i'm gary tuckman with cnn. >> was president obama born in the u.s.? cnn gets the facts and settles this argument once and for all. plus, ron paul announces whether he plans to challenge president obama. we'll have it live. and 2016, that's when one group predicts that america will no longer be the world's economic super power. so how serious is this threat? thanks for being with me. bracing for round two of potentially wild weather. eight people died in a severe weather outbreak yesterday, including four of them in this
small town of valenia. severe weather is likely from the south to the north along the mississippi river and eastward. the danger appears to be the greatest in the area -- you see the hot pink there? chad myers, correct me if i'm wrong, but that's the bad spot. what are we talking about here and when does this round two begin? >> it started already. >> started already? >> started already. just south of ft. worth, down near hillsborough, carl's corner. we have one cell going un. it's already 45,000 feet high and going fast and starting to spin. this will be the first storm that really begins to take hold. now, there are other storms along that line. they are already going on up into arkansas, brooke. and you pointed out, let's go first to that pink box. this polygon, as we call it, because it has many sides. that is the middle of the tip of the tip of the sphere, as we were heading up into iraq.
this is the worst part of it. this is the middle of the bull's eye. on the outside of that, it's a very big risk, all the way from nashville to west of dallas. then i'm going to draw this. there is still a risk of severe weather and it's happening all the way into new york. and some of the severe weather will make hail and wind damage across parts of the northeast. i know we were talking about tornadoes here. but we were talking about severe weather in the entire painted area. every spot there with the color will have some severe weather and now these boxes are coming very fast. we knew that they would. we knew that this entire area would be boxed up with box watches for tornadoes or watch boxes for severe. when you get a yellow one, that means we're not going to get tornadoes probably. not probably. there's always a random storm that could produce hail and a small tornado. that can always happen but there are many more chances -- that's almost chicago. that's detroit back to memphis. this is all day long and all night.
>> but what about missouri? that's where you see these amazing pictures of all of the flooding, the black river. many eyes are on the black river. there is a bluff where the levees are cracking. >> poplar bluff, it broke but not on the city side. it was on the county side. so water spilled into the county. and up in missouri, many rivers are completely out of their banks. this entire area will fill in with another four to six inches of rainfall tonight in the spots already flooded in places where levees are already at the top, in places where, if you don't -- and if you drive into water tonight, you very well may not make it tomorrow morning. just, please, don't go into water that you don't now how deep it is in your car. the road may not be there. the water may have washed the road away. today is going to be a very difficult night. >> chad, thank you. we'll be speaking with the missouri governor. they are apparently in a black hawk helicopter leaving.
he has seen some of these really flooded out areas firsthand and flown over them. we'll talk to him precisely about what he is seeing and what is being done to try to help the folks there. also keeping you in the loop, ron paul will announce whether he will make another run for president. we're told the announcement will come down during this hour. so stay with us. we are monitoring that. and now, if it's interesting, if it's happening right now, you're about to see it. rapid fire, let's go. the man suspected of trying to bomb the colorado mall is now under air rest. boulder police nabbed this man, at all places, a grocery store. the fbi has him in custody. he's suspected of putting a pipe bomb in the mall. still investigators have yet to find any kind of link or connection between those two incidents. nfl players showing up to work. yesterday the 45-day-old lockout
was appealed but bottom line, they can come to work but can't do any "football activities." so no working out, most didn't stay very long. the judge may issue another ruling tomorrow. obviously, stay tuned for that. south america, colombia, struggling with the longest rainy season in four decades. 91 people have been killed thus far and more than a dozen are missing and many homes are filled with water. it's blamed on a water phenomena known as la nina. it causes heavy rainfall in northern south america. and if you like gold, take a look at this gold nugget. this thing is worth more than $450,000. a landowner in california, found it, sold it in march, and a geologist who helped with the auction is heading to the town in nevada county next month to see if there is possibly more
gold buried in those hills. and now time for extreme -- say that three times fast. extreme skiing. look at this. this skier taking off from a mountain. this is the french alps. yikes. obviously he had a camera and thank goodness a parachute, because when he turned around he was being followed by an avalanche. the with whole thing caught on tape. amazing. and katie couric has made it official. she is leaving cbs evening news. she is proud of the team at cbs and in making the decision to move on, i know the evening news will be in great hands but i am excited about the future. many, many people out there speculating her future may include a possible syndicated talk show. couric became the first solo female anchor when she joined cbs in 2006. will the age of america end in 2016? that is what one group says china will actually be s
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there is plenty controversy surrounding president obama's birthing place. some believe he was born in the u.s. no matter what. our own gary tuckman took a trip to hawaii and found out that the so-called claims from the birthers do not hold up. >> reporter: in august 1961, declares mr. and mrs. barack h. obama had given birth to a son, a simple birth announcement. that has become part of a complex web of conspiracy theories. with one question looming above all others. was president obama really born in the united states? the answer? yes. >> have you seen barack obama's original birth certificate? >> yes. >> reporter: the former director of the hawaii department of health, and a devoted
republican. until now she had not talked on camera about this issue. do have you any doubt that barack obama was born in the united states? >> absolutely not. i have no doubt. >> reporter: the doctor says she was asked last year by the governor's press secretary to make a statement about the birth certificate controversy. under state law, a public official can look at someone's certificate if there is a direct and tangible interest. she believed she had that interest because of the statement she had to make. so she found the original birth certificate stored in a vault in the department of health building. >> what did it tell you? was it authentic? >> it was absolutely authentic. he was absolutely born here in the state of hawaii. >> reporter: but the doctor says, even if she hadn't seen the original certificate, this document, the president's computer generated certificate, made public three years ago, had already proven he was born in hawaii. there's quite a bit of irony over this debate. and that is, the original
documents are no longer even certified by the state. the health department says president obama or any other hee general can go through the process of getting one. but either way, they are not supposed to be used for official purposes. only the computer-generated ones will do. we wanted to see what you get when you ask for your hawaii birth certificate. we met 49-year-old and told him we would pay $7 for a new birth certificate for him. >> reporter: we're here to get a birth certificate for stig. we asked stig because we saw his name in the same article, born 14 hours before barack obama. is it an electronic copy? >> it's a computerized copy. >> reporter: this is the same form that barack obama has, the very same form every hawaiian now gets when they request a birth certificate. it has his birth date on it,
filed august 8th, 1961. this is a raised seal to show its authenticity and the bottom, perhaps the most important line. this copy shows as prima facie evidence. no one we talked to doubts his citizenship. but a poll showed that some americans doubt president obama's. the birth announcement in the paper is a fake, planted by his family or someone else who wanted to trick the world that he was born in the u.s. a long-time newspaper reporter in honolulu. there are a number of people that don't believe he was born in the united states. that his mother or grandmother gave false information. is that possible? >> no, that's not possible. i knew the system that existed back then. there was no avenue for people to submit information that way. >> reporter: how how did the information get in the paper? >> straight from the state
department of health. >> reporter: we confirmed that, too. all birth announcements came directly from the birth records in the hospital. so yp won't president obama just release a copy of his original birth certificate? well, there are some who say he won't do it because the word muslim is on it. but we've taken a look at the original vault birth certificate of another man. where there are extra spaces for hospital and ages of parents and there is no space whatsoever for religion and the former director who has seen it confirms there is no mention whatsoever of religion. the white house says in part no matter what barack obama does, there are many doubters who will still doubt. barack obama not only has the same proof of birth as millions of other hawaiians, he also has the current hawaii's governor's memory of him as a baby. in part two of our investigation, the people who don't need to see birth certificates to know that the president was born in hawaii.
>> gary tuckman, good tease. back to the doctor, that was huge that you got her to talk to you. it was huge. >> the doctor obviously is a very key player. we think there are only two people that have seen this vault certificate, her and her subordinate. but she's been very shy about talking. she feels very strongly that this is totally blown out of proportion and that it's very authentic but she's afraid that the news media will twist her words. >> donald trump sent investigators to hawaii to debunk this. has he talked to or any of his investigators talked to the doctor? >> well, the doctor has seen no signses of any investigators. we've talked to the movers and shakers involved in this controversy. that doesn't mean that there are not investigators there but they may be investigating something different than what we investigated. >> okay. what do you have cominging up
tonight? >> people that saw president obama when he was a baby. a very popular politician in congress for 19 years and became governor this past december. he knew barack obama's parents and he knew his mother when she was pregnant and says he saw barack obama when he was only a couple weeks old. what is note worthy about the governor, he said he's tired of this controversy, he's going to get all of the proof out there and didn't discover that he could not do that ahead of the health department could. that was her job. she was able legally to look at the birth certificate. the governor wasn't. now he's speaking out and in the interview with me is very emotional. he gets angry at times and very passionate at time for barack obama's parents who he cared about much. >> he saw barack obama as a little child and baby. gary tuckman, we'll be watching for you on ac tonight at 11:00. thank you so much. >> thank you. now to syria and u.s. warning americans to get out, get out now as the violence
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harder to get information out of syria. it appears that two things are going on. on the one hand, communication system is down, as far as cell phones, internet, it's harder to recharge. you can see some of the amateur video that has emerged online there. so there is that and then the crackdown because in cities like daraa in the south, army troops as well as tanks are occupying the city. >> aren't they putting checkpoints in, keeping people within? >> in one damascus, checkpoints at every corner of the city like daraa and sealing the worder.
>> we know about the u.s. and sanctions. >> there is no time line for when the u.s. may implement targeted sanctions against specific individuals, but even if these sanctions are implemented, they can only be toothless because assets of syrian sort of regime owe figures in the united states are limited at best. so even if you do freeze assets of regime associates and the encloses allies, this stage is discussions on draft resolution sponsored by the eu members currently serving on the u.n. security. so again, rather than to reflect and condemn syria more forcefully. we'll see how that all develops. >> we'll see. hala gorani, thank you. >> thank you.
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and now let's go to washington. jessica yellin has some news. >> the new rnc chairman speaking this week has been turning the president's mottos against him. he said that president obama, hope isn't hiring and we're losing the future. but he was speaking to reporters this morning. he says that the major republican candidate, whoever emerges, is going to have a mandate on jobs, debt, and the deficit. but the big headline is that he distanced himself from the birther movement or remarks from candidate donald trump. he says that trump is allowed to say would-be candidate, he can say whatever he wants but this is what the rnc chairman says. he was born in the united states and i don't think it's an issue that moves voter. it's largely driven by the
media, he says. now, talking about trump, you might know that he's going to new hampshire tomorrow and usa today gallop has a new poll out on donald trump. it shows if he does get in the race, he will have an uphill climb. 46% of republicans say they would not vote for trump and what you're looking at there, that is a different graphic. >> oh, no. >> sometimes it happens. i found this amusing, brooke, when asked if are you sure that donald trump was born in the united states, the same poll shows only 43% of americans are certain that he was born in the united states. 23% say probably and that doesn't mean that the majority of americans are not entirely sure that donald trump was born in the united states. >> jessica yellin, thank you so much. want to get straight to this breaking news out of the weather world. there is now a tornado warning not in the midwest.
i'm talking new york. chad myers, where, exactly? >> rome, new york. we talked about how sometimes severe watches can put out a tornado, but rome, new york, a tornado on the ground reported by the public to the west of rome. it will probably slide west of the city. but the north side, half of the city, you need to be cautious here and i would say all of rome, new york, needs to be inside, in a safe place, away from windows. we also know that there's going to be a tornado quickly on the ground south of waxahachie. that's where the tornado will be. it's not on the ground yet but it's certainlies as the spin continues and these storms get stronger as the day goes on, we'll have many tornadoes on the ground. for now, rome, new york, take cover. >> let's go to missouri.
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part of a levee holding back missouri's black river broke today. the governor is now on the line. governor nixon, tell me where you were today and what you saw. >> well, we had a couple of levees break in the black river and had to evacuate about 3,000 people. 250 families were there last night. we've moved over to charleston,
where the ohio river and mississippi river come together which has a potential -- the corps of engineers have moved explosives and talking about a possibility of blowing a levee here to relieve pressure. a number of things going on with water here in missouri today. >> help me understand how many people there in your neck of the woods are affected by these cracks in the levees and all of the floodwaters that we're seeing. >> thousands of people, around 7 7,000 people had to be moved. plus, we had 59 water rescues this morning as the water came up very, very quickly. we now moved in over to the mississippi river basin where it's equally as wet. we're right here at the center where the two largest rivers meet and a huge amount of pressure on levees here and
water rising quickly. >> governor, i know you spoke with some of the victims. i imagine a bunch of those folks have evacuated or some of who have lost their homes. can you just share a story or two from some of these folks there? >> well, it's been a heck of a week for us. the tornado in st. louis, the e-4 tornado and we didn't have any deaths. but we come together under tough times. we're very proud that missourians are showing their character today. >> you've deployed the national guard to help shore up the levees, particularly in poplar bluff. what if some of these levees totally fail? >> we've got hundreds of the guard moving into the area as well as specialized help from the highway patrol to assist in
their water patrol division to assist, if necessary. all of the bursting of levees in poplar caused us to have to move people out of there but the problem also went downstream. we have the potential of 130,000 acres being flooded and two tons being wiped out. we're over here now to sit down with local officials to begin the evacuation process of this area. >> final question, how nervous are you, sir? >> we feel strong. we're well-trained for this, well prepared. the local emergency management folks are very strong and well prepared just like we were in st. louis. i'm confident that our emergency management will be able to deal with the very challenging situation. >> jay nixon, we wish you well and the best of luck there. thank you for calling in. and now to this. are you scared about china surpassing the united states? this perhaps will not make you feel any better. one group says america could lose its top spot by 2016 and
taking you behind the scenes of the royal wedding. america could soon lose its spot as the world's biggest economy. alison live in new york, how is it and how soon could it be? i guess we're hearing 2016 when china could surpass the u.s. in the top spot. >> exactly. five years, brooke. we knew this was a possibility
but now we're finding out that the u.s. could play second fidel on the world stage much sooner than we thought because china is growing faster than the u.s. four times faster than the u.s. this forecast coming from the imf, a very well respected group. saying that the usgdp is forecast to hit $14.8 million in 2016. compare that to china's gdp expected to hit $19 trillion within the same time. its economy is growing at a pace of almost 10%. ours is growing somewhere around 2 to 3%. that's the reason why you're seeing china catch up to the u.s. maybe in five years. we still have five years, brooke, to stay on the positive side. you never know what could happen in five years, right? >> you never know. >> and this is part of the vern knack cue lar of my friends. grou pon.
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little skinny here on prince hairy. so, max foster, live in london for me. i understand you saw him this morning. why in the world is he nervous? >> reporter: well, he was in pretty good form. he was at a charity event and he had just been to the north pole, an expedition with a few wounded soldiers. and he was cracking a few jokes, he looked pretty relaxed but i spoke to one of the other soldiers on the expedition with him and i asked how harry is feeling about all of this and they said that he was nervous. but his job, of course, is calming william down. the next time we're going to see them is traveling together down this road in a car to the church. so you better calm those nerves and helping william. >> come on now, he was just hanging around the arctic circle with some veterans. can you hear me? i see you touching your ear. i want to make sure.
>> reporter: yes. sorry. i was hearing a bit of an echo. >> if you can hear me, let's talk about flowers and entire trees have been arriving at westminster abbey. >> reporter: we are in the last phases of the preparation. the abbey was closed down today. the first thing that started arriving was some trees. we got exclusive access as they came in. just so you know, they are going to have the enormous trees lining the aisle, all the way up to the alter. these are all seasonal plants that you're going to have throughout the abbey. it's very unusual. just last week, i was at windsor great park and i was with the royal florist as he was gathering all of the materials ready for the wedding and we're not really going to have flowers. they are sort of blossoming shrubs, we're told. you can see a few of the ideas that they are going towards. it's going to be white. i'm pretty sure. all of the indications that it's
going to be white. so that's the theme. >> white. okay. fitting. bride, white. although i hear she's wearing cream. final question, has there been any sightings of william or kate in the last 24 hours? >> no, they are absolutely lying very, very low. i do know that katherine is involved in every single detail. i'm sure she's busy behind the scenes getting the dress ready. we know that she has two hairdressers. she's going to speak with them as well. a stylist. they are just trying to get things right. they want to lie low and it's extremely difficult right now how many journalists are out here. there are 10,000 journalists that they are dealing with. >> wow. but can you blame them? i'd want my privacy, too. max, good to talk to you. thank you. back here at home, football players showed up for work one day after a federal judge ordered the nfl to end the player's lockout.
does this mean that it's over? sunny hostin is here. there seems to be a bit of confusion. >> there is. the federal judge ruled that the lockout was illegal and you would think with that ruling that means nfl players winning? well, not so fast actually. because the nfl immediately came out with a statement that said, we are going to ask this judge to stay that ruling which in effect would freeze her ruling and they are going to appeal it to the eighth circuit court of appeals which could take a long time. so victory certainly for the players but a very short lived one, perhaps. >> how long potentially, sunny, could it drag on? >> oh, it really could drag on for a long time. it takes a long time for things to get briefed and then argued before an appellate judge. you could then go to the full appellate court and then to another court and so it could take a very long time. >> okay. to all of the iphone and ipad
owner, we've been reporting about the ability to track these devices your location and store the information. so now two men in florida are suing apple over this hidden ability, hidden device. sunny, what are they saying in the lawsuit and what are they asking for? money? >> well, i have the lawsuit. it's hot off the presses. they are basically saying big brother or big apple is watching. they come out pretty strong and say apple iphones and 3g ipads are storing all of the movements. very scary stuff. i have an ipad and i have it everywhere. i didn't know it was allegedly following me. and they are asking not only for injunctive relief, they want apple to stop this tracking and they are also asking for money. not only on behalf of themselves but on the class. as i just mentioned, i have an ipad. everyone has an ipad. everyone has an iphone. do you know how big that class is? this could mean big bucks for a
lot of us folks. >> i remember when the story first broke last week and i couldn't remember if apple came out and said anything about it. have they said anything about the suit specifically? >> they have not released an official statement. so they are sort of being pretty quiet about this when you would think that we would have heard something because steve jobs, as you know, is pretty upfront and sends e-mails back and forth to fans. we haven't had an official word yet. > . >> what could be the bigger legal aspect for apple? the lawsuit or the number of poll tigs and regulators looking into the whole big brother tracking issue? >> i don't know. it is sort of that excederin issues. he fired off a letter to steve jobs and said, i have real privacy concerns and so i think it's not only a headache, this
lawsuit, which is pretty significant, but the fact that regulators are now really creeping in. so it's going to be a tough time for apple. i'm keeping my ipad, though. >> i hear it's great. i'm probably the only person on the planet that doesn't have one. or an iphone. i'm a blackberry girl. thank you so much. a quick reminder, any minute now, ron paul is expected to make a big announcement about his future. will he say yes, i will be running for president? we're monitoring that for you and will bring that to you. also, aflac's duck. big breaking news. i'm being entirely facecious. he was chosen from over 12,000 applicants. who is he? we will hear from him next. !e!ee
aflac. >> what do you think? pretty good? apparently it was good enough for those guys. this is daniel, a sales manager from a radio company in minneapolis. he was chosen from more than 12,000 applicants. i'm sure you remember the company held casting calls like this. across the nation after firing godfrey. he was fired for tweeting jokes about the earthquake and tsunami in japan. aflac says the first commercial featuring daniel's voice -- i just want to listen to it because it's fun -- will air on television tonight. coming up in a mearatter of minutes, we love him in "the situation room" each and every day, wolf blitzer here with me. wolf, what do you have? >> nothing on aflac. we're not going to go beyond that. we're not digging deeper on that story. but we will be having a lot on what is going on in syria right now, libya right now.
elsewhere throughout the middle east. liam fox, the british defense secretary, he's here in "the situation room." we're talking to him. not only about libya but also about syria, what is happening in libya right now. how much time before the u.s., united nations, the uk does to him what they are going to do to libya. not much time left. he's going to have to change his ways very quickly. otherwise he's going to face the same wrath from nato, the uk, and the united states that ga gave t dauf fee is facing right now. we also have a special interview with a top reporter for the washington post.
who has just gotten out of misrata. she was in misrata when the two american journalists were killed. she has an amazing story to share. getting ready for the big wedding on friday. >> fantastic. we will look for that video. i'm interested to hear that. thank you. >> and they lost their case in the state supreme court last year. now top aide reporters want the same-sex marriage ruling overturned. you may not believe why. joe johns is standing by with your political pop. he is next. out. it was '93. that was your 5th year of high school. it was 1995. ha! 10 bucks says it's '93. yeah, well that's 10 bucks you're gonna have to put in my pocket. whatever. "whoomp! there it is" was '93. it was clearly nineteen ninety... kenny, the restaurant's on fire. i'll call you back. wait, wait... [ male announcer ] only at&t's network lets your iphone talk and surf at the same time.
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. congressman ron paul still expected any minute now to make a big announcement about his future. and if he decides to throw his hat in the ring for the white house, keep in mind this will be his third run for the president. joe johns is here with the political pop. joe, we still don't know yet? >> no. but, you know, in all likelihood you would think an exploratory committee, i've been talking to his people, if you will, over the last weeks and months and i've been led to believe that he's been thinking about it. at one point a few weeks ago, somebody told me that he was leaning in the direction but nothing firm and so you ask yourself, what has changed over the last four years, the last time he ran? the last time he ran, paul supporters really felt dist.
he was raising a lot of money. he was very good at raising issues in a provocative way that kept sort of the debates interesting. talked about government spending, the fed, the irs and struck a cord with younger voters, tea partyiers, but he was all but ignored by the big media. lately, though, he's all over tv, including cnn. i happen to hear that he's going to be in the arena tonight. >> when you say that he has felt dist, we've certainly covered him. we're talking to him today. why does he feel that way? >> that was then. this is now. back in the day, his supporters more than anything else thought that the media wasn't covering him. i saw a lot of talks about a ron paul blackout. he also wasn't an establishment
candidate. so he's got some support out there and can really raise money. >> as we wait for his impending announcement, i want to get to this next story. i remember his name. the judge out of california, von walker, a retired federal judge who while still a judge ruled against the ban on same-sex marriage and now he's swirling in a controversy. less than a minute, joe. why is this? >> judge walker shoots down the ban on gay marriage, retires from office, and publicly acknowledges that he's been in a same-sex marriage for years. so people on the side of proposition 8 say he should have disqualified himself. >> so if the ruling is called out, what are the chances of that happening? >> this is a grudge match in court. so we'll stick with our experts. jeffrey toobin said it probably won't get closed out but the judge should have disclosed it